I'm looking for a resource that will help me to consolidate my knowledge of network adapters and interfaces and am hoping someone can recommend one.
My current knowledge of networks is preliminary and I feel like I need to improve it to benefit from this unit properly.
I understand the differences between the physical and logical network so I guess that covers network topology. Although my understanding of devices in the physical network can definitely be improved. For instance what's the difference between a hub, switch and bridge. Or is bridge only a logical construct that is used to set the 'mode' of an interface?
I think what I need most help understanding is logical configuration. The 'why', more than the 'how'.
When I see the terms adapter and interface I'm never quite sure if they're being used interchangeably or if they're different.
My current understanding is:
adapter: the physical device identified using a MAC address
interface: a logical device configured by the system the adapter is connected to
Is it correct to say that an adapter can have multiple interfaces?
As you can tell I have a lot of questions because I'm yet to understand networking completely. Any guidance is greatly appreciated.